We stayed from the 4th to 12th July. This is the most sumptuous place we have ever stayed in, no words will describe its magnificence, you have to go. It is luxury beyond belief. You feel as if you have "made it" in life staying here. It is gargantuan and so very clean, you don't see a speck of dust. You rarely see the army of cleaners they must have, it is all cleaned very discreetly.
ROOMS: we had a Pearl Room on the East Wing looking out over the pool. It was amazing, huge bed, chaise longe, small table, full desk with two chairs, large stool across the bottom of the bed, bedside cabinets, large two drawer unit, unit with fridge in. The area leading to the bathroom has wardrobe space (which is lit) with more drawers and the safe. The bathroom is outstanding, large wet room type shower big enough for three (not that I tried that), toilet, bidet with shower hose, large basin plus a shelf to put your toiletries out (which is rare at home) and an enormous bath with a step up to it. Towels are all by Christy which are a fabulous make. Two bathrobes which actually fitted us, again rare. The rooms are cleaned twice a day, at night the bathmat , two mats by the side of the bed are dressed with rose petals and your E.P. slippers.
RESTAURANTS We went to SAYAD AND HAKKASAN both utterly amazing but so different. Sayad is lit very gently with blues, lots of glass around to make you feel as if in water, truly amazing place. The food was outstanding, the staff very knowledgable about their menu, everything looked like a piece of art when it arrived in front of you, and tasted sublime. Hakkasan is Chinese based and couldn't be more different in decoration, they have a large cocktail bar so you can have a drink before you dine, they then take you to your table where very cleverly they have arranged the tables so you don't feel overlooked by your neighbours. Food again top class. The food is expensive when you compare it to home but remember you are staying in one of the finest hotels in the world so go for it. We also went to the Rotana Hotel to Finz, Rodeo Grill and Brauhaus all fantastic food and service. If you want a massive and tasty meal go to the Brauhaus, beware of lamb knuckles you get two, enough for two but it is for one. There is a bar area near La Vendome in Emirates Palace where all the chairs and settees are, the alcohol is not displayed but it is there. Do try one of the Emirates special coffees with 24 carat gold leaf on the top, amazing sadly you can't taste it going down.
STAFF The butlers and guest relations people are fantastic, can't do enough for you but not in your face if you don't need them. A few to mention are NISHANTHA PRADEEP KUMARA, KASEM AL SALAH and MAMIDI SOLOMON (the butlers) CHANDAN WALLAGODA (butlers manager) PATRYCJA BOGUCKA and NATALIA JARAMILLO (guest relations) all so helpful and allways a smile on their faces.
JOURNEYS we used metered taxis with a sign above the car as these are very cheap about £3 for a 20/25 minute journey which at home would cost £20. You do have to go down to the front of the hotel to get these unless you are lucky enough one is dropping off. The hotel does have luxury cars for taxis but they are more expensive. If you like places like Trafford Centre and Blue Water then visit the Marina Mall.
This time of year is VERY HOT about 45 degrees everyday and quite humid, a high factor sun lotion is recommended. There are plenty of beds around the pools as it is low season here due to the essesive heat. The East Wing Pool is mainly for the adults which is great if you have done your bit with the children. However they have catered for the children with the West Pool which has slides and a lazy river etc. The pools are spotless, every morning I would watch a gentleman testing the water for any contamination. The beach is megga hot but stunning, the water is like stepping into your bath and cystal clear, the beach is white sand. Again I can't say how clean everything is.
Would I recommend this hotel, YOU BET I WOULD, and we are in negotiating for next July. GO AND STAY HERE IT IS TRULY AMAZING.
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